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Program Overview

Message From Dr. Corinne Bria, Interim Program Director

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida (NCHFL) in Orlando. We are eager to share the exciting innovations and expert pediatric care occurring here in Central Florida. We are leading from the front at Nemours Children's. Bolstered by the legacy of Alfred I. duPont and The Nemours Foundation, we’ve constructed an academic facility dedicated to exceptional patient care, medical education, public policy and children’s welfare. 

NCHFL's pediatric residency is searching for highly motivated applicants looking to lead, change and shape the future of academic pediatrics alongside our world-class clinical faculty and researchers.

Our pediatric residency curriculum incorporates cutting-edge simulation training in a longitudinal fashion to enhance clinical skills and teamwork. Research, Quality and Patient Safety, and Continuous Improvement projects are built into your residency experience. This is designed to enhance your learning and give you a solid foundation of inquiry that’s critical for the ever-changing landscape of national health care. Nemours is dedicated to improving the health of children by incorporating social determinants of health into our care model.

We hope you’ll consider a position in our residency program. We look forward to working alongside you to improve the health of children in our country and across the globe.

Our GME infrastructure at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida has been building since day one. Today, more than 80 pediatric subspecialists in 14 clinical divisions are committed to the Clinical Care-Teaching-Research triad necessary for excellence in your residency experience.

Residency Overview

Learn more about our pediatric residency program.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)

Lonna Gordon, MD
Adolescent Medicine
Director, Diversity Equity Inclusion GME

The Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida Residency Program is training you to help create the healthiest generation of children. The current generation of children are extremely diverse, and we are intentional for our residency program to reflect that diversity. We have a comprehensive view of diversity – race, religion, ethnicity, native language, ability status, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status — and so much more.

We believe that each person’s unique identity and story weaves a connection to our patients that is highly impactful in optimizing their health. Diversity however is not enough so as at Nemours we DRIVE (Diversity, anti-Racism, Inclusion, Value & Equity) towards understanding how social determinants of health impact our children and the communities we live in.

While a resident at Nemours you will see how this works at the bedside, in formal didactics, through research. You will also have a core lecture series specifically focused on DRIVE topics to teach you how to augment these concepts into your practice.

Residency is long with many hours spent at the hospital. We want you to BELONG while you are here. Belonging means that you can show up to work as your authentic self, not having to cover or code-switch aspects of your identity in order to be accepted. We have a GME Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee that is comprised of peer selected trainees from each part of GME. This committee helps the social committee celebrate holidays that are important to our residents & fellows, partners with our community service committee to build the pipeline of health professionals coming from groups underrepresented in medicine and serves as a forum to address concerns that come up that impact any resident or fellow’s ability to belong. If you have additional questions about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion within our residency program please feel free to reach out to

Related Links:
Nemours Children’s Under-Represented in Medicine Visiting Rotation Program
Fourth Year Medical Student Application (PDF)

Block Schedule

Our curriculum will provide our residents with a strong foundation in general pediatrics. They will be prepared to advocate for children at a local and national level, conduct research and quality improvement projects, perform outstanding clinical medicine and/or enter into competitive subspecialty fellowships.


  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Newborn Nursery
  • Developmental
  • Adolescent
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • ICE Elective
  • Elective / Vacation
  • Research / Vacation


  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • NICU
  • PICU
  • Ambulatory
  • Emergency Medicine
  • CCCU (Cardiac)
  • ICE Elective
  • ICE Elective
  • Elective / Vacation
  • Research / Vacation


  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Pediatrics
  • Inpatient Pediatrics House Senior (IPHS)
  • Advocacy
  • NICU
  • PICU
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • ICE Elective
  • ICE Elective
  • Elective / Vacation
  • ICE Elective / Vacation

Inpatient General Pediatrics (includes surgical and medical subspecialties). Every 4th night call. Called Red and Blue teams.

Elective (Must meet core or additional experience ACGME requirements)

ICE Elective Individualized Curricular Elective (Mentor and resident guided electives)

Research (Mandatory project for all residents by end of PGY-3 year)

Hematology/Oncology (inpatient and outpatient). Called Gold team.

Gastroenterology (inpatient and outpatient).

NICU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 6 to 7 day shifts per week.

PICU Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. 3 weeks of day shifts and 1 week of night shifts.

Ambulatory Pediatrics (community general pediatrics practice and complex care program)

CCCU (Cardiac Comprehensive Care Unit) (2 weeks outpatient and 2 weeks inpatient)

IPHS Inpatient day shift coverage. Includes morning report and capstone project presentations.

Advocacy Combination of experiences, mobile clinic, online child abuse curriculum.

Vacation 4 weeks each year, divided into two 2-week periods.


Patient simulation technology is changing and improving the way physicians learn. Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida offers an on-site simulation center co-located with the GME offices and residency space that residents will access to gain experience and learn how to deliver safe and effective care. Modules include mock codes, procedural skills, family-centered care and delivery of bad news, as well as TeamSTEPPS® training.

Work With the Nation’s Top Physician Scientists (or Their Data)

Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida participates in the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) and hosts the Nemours Center for Asthma Research and Treatment (CART). We’re also one of the few health system in the Southeast selected to participate in PEDSnet, which is a community that includes eight of the nation’s leading children’s hospital health systems. These institutions provide services to more than 2 million children per year, providing a large and diverse population to conduct efficient multi-institutional clinical and health services research.

Available Pediatric Electives

  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Ambulatory
  • Anesthesiology
  • Board Review
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Cardiology (Advanced)
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology (Advanced)
  • Hematology-Oncology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Lactation
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Medical Genetics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Procedures (Advanced)
  • Psychiatry & Psychology
  • Pulmonology
  • Research (Advanced)
  • Rheumatology
  • Simulation
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Telemedicine
  • Urgent Care
  • Urology

Educational Experiences

The face-to-face interactions you have with patients during your residency is another key component of your education. These experiences will not only help you build medical knowledge and skills, but develop a component that’s critical in becoming an outstanding pediatrician, such as:

  • adopting a calm and confident bedside manner
  • translating complex concepts into information patients and families can understand
  • communicating with parents and adults, in addition to children

Opportunities to Learn, Collaborate and Self-Direct

  • daily huddles
  • morning report
  • noon conference
  • grand rounds
  • online primary care curriculum
  • bioethics conference
  • Capstone projects by PGY-3 residents
  • journal club
  • simulation activities/workshops
  • QI-based resident-led morbidity & mortality
  • Certification in Nexplanon® and Paragard®

Continuity Clinic

Nemours primary care clinic provides a medical home for an underserved population and will be the site of the resident continuity clinic experience. Each resident will have their own business cards and routine clinic day to see their panel of patients. An online curriculum for common primary care concerns will be available to supplement the residents’ knowledge and practice of ambulatory pediatrics and effective delivery of anticipatory guidance.

Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs)

Mentorship throughout the continuum of education is essential. All residents will not only receive extensive support and guidance from the graduate medical education staff, but also will select one, if not more, mentors to work with throughout their residency. Residents will complete an ILP that will contain short- and long-term SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely) goals. It will include goals related to overall health and wellness as well as career goals to promote resiliency.

Board Overview

We anticipate a 100 percent board passage rate. Our resident curriculum is based on the American Board of Pediatrics content specifications. Residents have an opportunity to take a concentrated board review elective during their third year to further enhance their preparation.

Library Resources

Educational technology is a cornerstone at our state-of-the-art hospital. We also offer robust library services, which include an on-site medical librarian at NCHFL and access to the University of Central Florida College of Medicine library system. Resources include:

  • Ovid MEDLINE®
  • PubMed 
  • UpToDate 
  • Harriet Lane Handbook 
  • Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
  • Red Book Online® 
  • Access to evidence-based care pathways and other resources


By creating ever-closer connections between clinical and research enterprises, Nemours is building a culture of continuous inquiry and discovery. Collaborative efforts — internally and with external partners — are leading to new ways to improve treatment, enhance the delivery of care, and support the best outcomes for children and families. The program includes educational conferences and mentorship in research design, implementation, and writing abstracts and manuscripts. Residents will have dedicated time during their training to perform mentored research/quality improvement activities with the goal of presenting at regional and national meetings as well as publications.


One of the goals of our pediatric residency program is to develop the advocate pediatrician. While advocacy opportunities are interspersed throughout residency, the dedicated advocacy rotation appeals to neurodiverse learners by layering different educational modalities to build a robust curriculum. Time is spent outside the hospital learning the needs of our patients and families from our community healthcare partners. Time is also spent in self-directed learning on car seat safety, water safety, and dog bite safety. Finally, time is spent developing advocacy projects using the AAP's CPTI Advocacy Rubric and contributing to fellow residents' advocacy projects. Our Advocacy Interest Group writes op-eds on current advocacy topics and creates content for the Central Florida Pediatric Advocacy Coalition. Our coalition was recently awarded the Leonard V. Rome CATCH grant to develop this partnership further.

Salary & Benefits


  • PGY-1    $67,275
  • PGY-2   $69,865
  • PGY-3   $72,450



  • Opportunity to enroll in Nemours health insurance plans for residents, spouses and dependent children 
  • Participation in our Nemours Wellness Program to earn a 20 percent discount on health plan premiums    

Other Benefits

  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop
  • Free hospital parking in on-site garage
  • Free access to on-site gym
  • Funding for presentation at a scientific meeting
  • Medline database
  • Moonlighting opportunities
  • Laundry (lab coats)
  • Retreats and social activities

View a Sample Resident/Fellow Contract

Cost of Living

Florida does not have a state income tax.


Our location in Orlando’s Lake Nona Medical City is convenient for travel; it’s just seven miles from the Orlando International Airport.

Physician Wellness

We recognize the growing challenges that physicians face in their training. We promote wellness through supports and activities specifically designed to address healthy lifestyle, resiliency, workload/work compression and mentorship. Components include:

  • The NEST (Nemours Educational Suite) provides residents with a space all their own for chatting and relaxing; includes a wellness room and lactation room.
  • Yearly resident retreats.
  • Narrative medicine groups that offer residents a facilitated reflective reading and writing experience that explores the humanity of medicine and promotes resiliency.
  • Presentations and small group sessions attended by residents and faculty on physician burn-out and resilience.
  • Free coffee, tea and snacks.
  • Financial stipend for meals.
  • Free access to the on-site gym and fitness classes.
  • On-site car wash available.

Virtual Tour of Nemours Children's Hospital, Florida

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Our Locations

Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida
6535 Nemours Parkway
Orlando, FL 32827
(407) 567-4000

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Learn More About This Location

Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida (NCHFL) is the residency program’s sponsoring institution and the primary site. The hospital is part of the Nemours Children’s Health, which is one of the nation’s largest integrated pediatric health systems — and the only one with two free-standing children’s hospitals. NCHFL is currently operating 130 beds serving patients up to age 18, and for some patients, exceptions are made until the age of 21 years.

Nemours Children's Health, Downtown Orlando
1717 S. Orange Ave.
Orlando, FL 32806
(407) 650-7033

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Learn More About This Location

This practice is a continuity clinic that provides an underserved population with a Patient-Centered Medical Home, certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). Patients receive coordinated care that meets stringent national standards and includes families as part of the team.

Nemours Children's Health (Multiple Locations)

A network of Nemours primary care pediatricians in the Orlando metro area provide excellent ambulatory care in medical homes certified by the AAAHC. Three facilities provide teaching and oversight for resident physicians.

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HCA Florida Osceola Hospital
700 W. Oak St.
Kissimmee, FL 34741
(407) 846-2266

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Located within 15 miles of Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida this is the site for residents’ newborn nursery experience. Supervision is provided by Nemours attending physicians, with additional teaching available from Nemours advanced practice nursing providers. The facility performs 1,900 deliveries annually.


Orlando Is a Playground for Couples, Families and Students

Orlando is the most-visited city in the nation. It’s the home of Walt Disney World®, Universal Orlando Resort®, SeaWorld Orlando®, and Legoland®. Orlando is much more than a tourist destination for theme parks. It is exploding with art and culture. The Dr. Phillips Center hosts ballet, opera, comedy, musicals, jazz and theater. There is dining ranging from James Beard Award-winning chefs preparing meals for a sophisticated palate to the food truck scene with adventurous culinary delights. Orlando is home to the Orlando Magic, Orlando City Soccer Club, and hosts many national and international sporting competitions. The Orlando Museum of Art tops the list of museums in the area, but there are photography, folk art and sculpture exhibitions throughout the region.

These are just a few of the reasons that Forbes and U.S. News & World Report have ranked it among the top cities to live.

The Orlando metro area has upwards of 2 million residents. Orlando residents are also a who’s who of cultural diversity, as it is home to residents from countries across the world. Among the varied communities, you’ll find everything from devoutly religious to casually spiritual. Also, Orlando is one of the fastest growing Spanish-speaking cities in America. There’s also celebration and support of the LGBTQ community, with plenty of events, like Gay Days at Disney World.

 There is no state income tax in Florida. For more data about living in Orlando, such as current details on housing costs and school rankings, go to Sperling’s BestPlaces

Within a Half Day’s Drive

Orlando, Florida day trips and one-tank trips described on Florida Backroads Travel can all be reached within 100 miles. View them all on Florida Backroads Travel. Other major hot spots can be reached within a half day of travel.

Lake Nona Medical City

Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida — and its pediatric residency — was built in an area of the city of Orlando known as Lake Nona Medical City. Medical City is a dedicated 650-acre health and life sciences park designed to advance health care by clustering health care and bioscience facilities to accelerate innovation. It is home to NCH, the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, with more to come. Learn more at

Train With Recognized Leaders

If you’re looking for a rewarding program built on academic excellence and family-centered care, Nemours offers outstanding medical, surgical, pharmacy, nursing, therapy and psychology programs. Train with faculty who are respected leaders in their fields, a patient care model that stands apart and access to groundbreaking research. 

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Application Requirements

  • ERAS application
  • MSPE (dean's letter)
  • Personal statement
  • Board scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcript


Submit application electronically using ERAS

Use the 10-digit ACGME program ID#: 3201100433. After receiving and reviewing applications, the program directors will send an invitation for an interview if you are selected to advance in the resident selection process.

Visas: Only J1 visas will be considered.

Questions About Applying?

Kelley Kirk
Pediatric Residency Program Administrator
(407) 567-3877

Lilly Toro
Pediatric Residency Program Coordinator
(407) 567-7608